LIONEL MESSI has boarded his £12million personal jet to fly dwelling to Barcelona forward of what might be the most important week of his profession.
The Nou Camp legend, 33, was given an prolonged break in Argentine over the Christmas interval by Barca bosses.
Lionel Messi boarded his personal jet to go from Argentina to Barcelona on TuesdayCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Messi will fly dwelling to Barcelona however the place’s subsequent for the Argentine?Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Messi flew again to Spain in type as he contemplated his subsequent profession transfer
The Argentine not too long ago promised Barcelona followers he was dedicated to the membership, regardless of switch hypothesis swirling ever for the reason that summer time.
Capable of depart on a free switch in the summertime of 2020, Messi was anticipated to rekindle his relationship with Pep Guardiola at Manchester Metropolis after falling out with Barca chiefs.
Ultimately, Messi stayed on on the membership he joined aged simply 13.
However now, the famous person ahead might do the unthinkable and conform to QUIT Barcelona as early as THIS Friday.
So what does 2021 have in retailer for Messi together with his future very a lot up within the air? Let’s begin from the start…
In August 2020, Barcelona imploded.
They have been thumped 8-2 by Bayern Munich within the quarter-finals of the Champions League having already crumbled within the league, handing rivals Actual Madrid the LaLiga crown.
Messi is ready to negotiate pre-contract phrases with golf equipment from this FridayCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Messi and his household headed dwelling to Spain forward of a what might be a giant few weeksCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Quique Setien was sacked, Messi handed in a switch request and president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned amid fierce strain from followers.
Barcelona by some means managed to persuade Messi to stick with the Argentine getting ready to a free switch to Man Metropolis.
Whereas the Barca No10 agreed to remain, he appeared to counsel it will be for one season at most.
Messi has struggled by his phenomenally excessive requirements ever since, with Barcelona additionally failing to fireplace on all cylinders.
All season, Messi has been linked with a free transfer to Man City on the finish of the season.
Extra not too long ago, Neymar has revealed his want to be again in the identical staff as his fellow South American, with a transfer to PSG now on the playing cards.
Over Christmas, Spanish outlet La Sexta shared an interview with Messi in which the star winger pledged his allegiance to Barcelona… at the very least for 2020-21.
Messi stated: “Nothing might be crystal clear earlier than the top of the yr. I am going to wait till the season is over.
“I do not know what is going to occur. I am targeted on what we have now right here and battling for no matter we will.
“I am not fascinated with how the yr will finish.
“As of right now, it would not be smart for me to say what I will do as a result of I do not know.”
Messi not too long ago reaffirmed his dedication to BarcelonaCredit score: Reuters
Nevertheless, Messi did throw a curveball in there, suggesting he COULD move to the MLS.
Messi continued: “I’ve all the time had the dream of enjoying in one other league, in america.
“Possibly it is going to occur, it would not must be straight away.
“In the present day I’m simply targeted on these subsequent six months.”
And Messi even advised Neymar heading ‘dwelling’ to Barcelona because the Brazilian put it in 2019 can be unattainable as a result of funds of the deal.
The Argentine added: “It will be tough to herald gamers as a result of the funds aren’t there.
“We’ll have to herald loads of prime gamers to get us competing on all fronts once more they usually come at a value.
“Neymar can be extraordinarily costly. How would the membership pay PSG for the switch (of Neymar)?
“The state of affairs might be robust for the brand new president, who should be clever and get all the things so as.
“Adjustments might be wanted for him to do properly.
“I do not know if Neymar stated (that the pair would play collectively subsequent yr).
“You’d must ask him about what he stated. We do chat generally and we’re in contact.”
Messi revealed he was sad at Barcelona in the summertime and is anticipated to give up in 2021Credit score: Reuters
Whereas Messi poured chilly water on the suggestion of Neymar heading to Barcelona, he did not rule out himself shifting to PSG.
…And he did not even point out Man Metropolis.
On the Etihad, Messi would have the possibility to compete for the Premier League title.
In addition to that, he might be attributed as the person who helped lead Metropolis to their first-ever Champions League crown, ought to he additionally assist with that.
After which there’s the Guardiola impact.
Pep and Messi loved 4 trophy-laden years collectively on the Nou Camp and the possibility to work beneath his previous boss as soon as extra slightly than the revolving door of managers at Barcelona might be very interesting.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not too long ago advised he might transfer again to Manchester United.
So the possibility to go toe-to-toe together with his previous rival not solely in the identical league however the identical metropolis might tempt Messi additional.
Then there’s PSG, who boast related ambitions.
Once more, the French membership will all the time be difficult for league honours.
PSG are additionally pouring cash into the membership in a bid to interrupt their Champions League duck.
Thomas Tuchel was sacked simply earlier than Christmas after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg.
Messi might signal for the likes of Man Metropolis or PSG as early as FridayCredit score: Reuters
Mauricio Pochettino is the man most-likely to step in to fill the void.
The prospect to work beneath his fellow Argentine might tempt Messi right into a transfer to the French capital, one other ‘huge market’ staff.
Nevertheless, the one nation Messi particularly talked about by title was the USA, suggesting a transfer to the MLS might be on his thoughts.
Superstars similar to David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney earlier than him have all had a go at cracking America.
Messi would undoubtedly be the most important title to each grace the MLS.
The added bonus for Messi right here can be shifting a lot, a lot nearer to dwelling.
A flight from Barcelona to Buenos Aires takes round 13 hours – making for a 26-hour round-trip every time he will get homesick.
Even on a luxurious personal jet, that is a protracted previous slog.
A flight from Miami, New York or Los Angeles can be somewhat over HALF that point.
On the age of 33, Messi would not have too a few years left in his profession, at the very least at his peak.
He should think about his subsequent step properly.
However with Messi in a position to negotiate pre-contract phrases as early as Friday January 1, he’ll undoubtedly have suitors banging down the door earlier than he is aware of it.